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WILD GUYde Adventures, LLC

1047 Stuart St.

Harrisonburg, VA 22802

(540) 433-1637

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Learning and growing is a process of modifying your beliefs.  Efficient learning requires an open mind.  To be open-minded means you don’t cast out new information before evaluating it, and if it’s useful, making an honest attempt to incorporate it into your present way of thinking.

 

(Arno Ilgner, The Rock Warrior's Way, 2006)

 

 

 

 

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Learning and leadership resources from our experiences, contemplations, conversations, and mistakes

 

"Learning is thinking about experience."  (John Dewey)

 

"Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."  (George Santayana)

 

 

GUYdelines articles -- our quarterly e-newsletter for outdoor lovers and leaders

 

Vol. 1 (2007) No. 1:   First in the series of 10 human attitudes that lead to suffering -                   Unwillingness to change plans

                     No. 2: Ego and the desire to impress

                     No. 3: Lack of awareness

                     No. 4: Invincibility

 

Vol. 2 (2008) No. 1: The unexamined urge to press on

                     No. 2: Avoidance or denial of personal weakness

                     No. 3: A casual approach to details

                     No. 4: Hurry

                     Special issue: Climbing with children

 

Vol. 3 (2009) No. 1: Materialism and greed

                     No. 2: Last in the series of 10 human attitudes that lead to suffering - Naive optimism, leading to a gross failure to plan

                     No. 3: Teaching children about being lost in the outdoors

                     No. 4: Groupthink in outdoor adventure settings

 

Vol. 4 (2010) No. 1: Invincibility (revisited)

                     No. 2: Leadership I - shared purpose

                     No. 3: Leadership II - toxic leadership

                     No. 4: Leadership III - leader traps

 

Vol. 5 (2011) No. 1: Leadership IV - leadership team dynamics

                     No. 2: The 10 (and more) essentials

                     No. 3: 7 things you never want to hear yourself say in the outdoors

                     No. 4: The leadership trap of mindlessness

 

Vol. 6 (2012) No. 1: Mary's great adventures

                     No. 2: 9 thoughts for staying alive out there

                     No. 3: Nourishment for the soul, from the outdoor world

                     No. 4: "Staying Alive" by David Wagoner

 

Vol. 7 (2013) No. 1: Stupidity explored

                     No. 2: Becoming unstupid

                     No. 3: Experiential learning

                     No. 4: Lessons from Jackson WY

 

Vol. 8 (2014) No. 1: Our work as a way of extending goodness into the world

                     No. 2: The march of folly

                     No. 3: When judgement fails

                     No. 4: Some ideas (and quotes) I try to live by

 

Vol. 9 (2015) No. 1: Learning from 2014

                      No. 2: Learning from Tragedy

                      No. 3: Both Strange and True...

 

Vol. 10 (2016)  No. 1:  You are Sharing the Woods with These People..!

                        No. 2: Preparing for the Worst

                        No. 3: The Outdoors and the Education of Young People

 

Vol. 11 (2017)  No. 1: Nine Leadership Statements that you Never Want to Hear Yourself Say Out There (first three)

 

 

Presentations at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference

 

"Human Attitudes that Lead to Suffering in the Backcountry" (Oct. 2008 in Jackson WY)

 

"Leading Beyond Invincibility, Group-Think, and Other Catastrophic Attitudes" (2009 in Raleigh, NC, and 2011 in Boston, MA)

 

"Ambushed by Myself - Leading Beyond Several Unexpected Leadership Pitfalls" (2010 in Colorado Springs, CO)

 

"Stupidity Explored - Mindful Leadership Amplified" (2013 in Jackson WY, and 2014 in Atlanta GA)

 

 

Additional resources

 

"Introducing children to the wild (and local) outdoors" (appeared in Around Harrisonburg magazine, June/July 2011, pp. 29-32)

 

Also, check out www.nols.edu/wrmc/resources.shtml for a wide range of excellent papers on all facets of outdoor leadership and risk management  

 

Sphere of Labor, a video from Truth in Action Ministries (2013), exploring carrying our Christian faith into the workplace, and featuring Lester from WILD GUYde Adventures.